Patient Safety


  • Patients and Visitors Encouraged to Do the 'WAVE' to Protect Against HAIs
    The Office of Healthcare Quality (OHQ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients have created the “WAVE” campaign to help caregivers protect their loved ones from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The “WAVE” campaign directs ...More
    February 17, 2012 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Joint Commission Introduces Targeted Solutions Tool for Wrong-Site Surgery
    A new weapon in the critical fight to reduce the incidence of wrong site surgery becomes available today. The Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST), developed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare guides health care organizations through a step-by-step process ...More
    February 14, 2012 Posted in News
  • Orthopedic Surgery Report Provides Transparency on Patient Safety, Quality Initiatives
    At NYU Langone Medical Center the focus on quality, patient safety and patient experience are not just broad stroke initiatives, but measureable, quantifiable and concrete. Patients and healthcare professionals can learn about this commitment to world-class care and ...More
    February 10, 2012 Posted in News
  • University of Michigan Health System Creates Solution to Prevent Retained Surgical Items
    The University of Michigan Health System has created a new system using state-of-the-art technologies to insure that no foreign objects are left behind during surgery, reducing potentially serious medical errors. “Having a foreign object left behind during surgery is ...More
    February 6, 2012 Posted in News
  • CLABSIs at Hospitals Disclosed Nationwide
    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is now disclosing for the first time how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is ...More
    February 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 4-10, 2012
    Patient Safety Awareness Week will take place March 4-10, 2012. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is the founding sponsor of Patient Safety Awareness Week and has led the event since 2002. This year’s theme highlights the need for everyone to understand the ...More
    January 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported
    A new study released the first week in January 2012 by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting 14 percent of all medical errors and usually don't change their practices ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Highlights Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Patients and Healthcare Providers
    A new UCLA study shows that physicians who work shorter shifts are less likely to make mistakes during medical procedures. Dr. Christian De Virgilio, lead investigator at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor- UCL A Medical Center (LA BioMed), led a team ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Pre-Surgery Exam Rates Vary Widely Among Hospitals
    Hospitals vary greatly in the number of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major non-cardiac surgery, with rates ranging from 5 percent of patients to 90 percent, new research has found. The findings are important because they suggest there are no ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News
  • Partnership for Patients Initiative to Improve Hospital Care
    Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...More
    December 21, 2011 Posted in News